East to West: Discovering Downtown Seattle Park by Park

Weekend Tour

Tour several parks in downtown Seattle, each filling a unique niche in the history and culture of the Emerald City. Start at Yesler Terrace Park, a collaboration among Seattle Parks and Recreation and Seattle Housing Authority with an assist from the RAVE/Seattle Sounders Foundation, which helped design and fund a “soccer spot” feature in the park.

We’ll then walk to Danny Woo Community Garden, where Asian immigrants grow vegetables native to their countries of origin, and then to Hing Hay Park in the Chinatown- International District, an active urban park with Chinese design elements and a site of cultural events and celebrations.

Next, we’ll visit Occidental Square in the heart of historic Pioneer Square, where white settlers first lived and worked, building the region’s first steam-powered sawmill; walk to City Hall Park, which has been recently reclaimed and reactivated after several years of decline; walk to Freeway Park, an architectural wonder, and one of the first to be built over a freeway; and end the tour in Westlake Park, Seattle’s civic commons, where people come to gather, dance, celebrate and protest. Community partners and/or park experts will meet us at each tour spot.

Please note: This tour is 2-3 miles. Wear comfortable walking shoes.

Tour Leaders

Christopher Williams

Deputy Superintendent and Chief of Staff, Seattle Parks and Recreation

Rebecca Bear

President and CEO, Seattle Parks Foundation